With a nurse aide certification, you will be able to find employment in a variety of medical facilities, such as nursing homes, hospices, hospitals, and health clinics, and be qualified to provide basic patient care. While attending your nursing program courses, you will learn the fundamentals of medically-oriented topics like caring for the elderly, infection and disease control, providing emergency medical assistance, and even psychological issues regarding debilitated individuals. Programs for nurse aid certification can be found at vocational or community colleges and generally last anywhere from several weeks up to several months. Upon successful completion of the program, you will have to take the Nurse Aide Certification Examination and pass both the written and laboratory portions of the test in order to work as a nurse's aide. According to statistics, if you have less than twelve months' worth of on-the-job experience you will probably earn between $21,000 and $30,000. However, that amount will increase as you gain experience and knowledge as a nursing assistant.
Once you become a full-fledged nurse's aide, your name will be put on the Nurse Aide Registry for two years, after which time you will be asked to submit a form which will renew your participation in the Nurse Aide Registry. The form will serve as proof that you have been employed as a CNA for at least eight hours in the past two years, and will also grant you a renewal certificate so that you can continue to work as a qualified CNA. In the event that you have not been able to fulfill these minimal requirements, you will then have to reapply for examination re-testing at an acceptable site.